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Deschutes
National Forest

The Deschutes National Forest is a United States National Forest located in parts of Deschutes, Klamath, Lake, and Jefferson counties in central Oregon. It comprises 1.8 million acres (7,300 km2) along the east side of the Cascade Range. In 1908, the Deschutes National Forest was established from parts of the Blue Mountains, Cascade, and Fremont National Forests. In 1911, parts of the Deschutes Na…
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TRIP REPORT
The Cascades of Central Oregon capture great quantities of snow over the course of an extended, alpine winter. Mt Bachelor, the shortest and southernmost of the group of five big peaks just west of Bend, averages nearly 40 feet of accumulation annually, but the winter of 2016–2017 was well above…
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Some of the youngest rock in Oregon sits on the boundaries of the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests near McKenzie Pass. About 2,000 years ago, lava flowed from a vent just north of North Sister and created a black, jumbled, and barren landscape. Since then, the surrounding forest has…
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Oregon's Third-highest Peak
Her summit reflected in the waters of the Cascade Lakes, South Sister (10,358’) looms over the forests of Central Oregon in silent grandeur. In winter, the peak is blanketed in white, but the summer sun melts much of it away to reveal a multicolored mountain dotted with snowfields and glaciers.…
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OVERVIEW
Newberry National Volcanic Monument contains a fascinating collection of volcani…
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Great Views of the Lake Along the Way, and the Other Major Peaks at the Top
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GUIDE
A 24-mile loop, starting and finishing at the Trapper Creek Trailhead. Two porti…
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Wonderful trip full of great views, great duff-covered trails, naturally gravele…
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Great elevation gain, well-shaded trail, and over a dozen waterfalls to look at …
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An 89-foot Plunge into a Canyon Carved by Ice
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